Dr. Leslie Nwoke

Dr. Leslie Nwoke is passionate about helping leaders become self-aware, resilient, and emotionally intelligent. She believes that if we’re willing to face our difficult emotions on the inside, we are one step closer to achieving amazing things on the outside.

Dr. Leslie’s focus when speaking with students and their campus communities is the importance of emotional intelligence and how to harness its power and use it effectively in everyday life.

So, You Want to Change the World? Pay Attention to Your Feelings

Today’s students are more influential than ever before. From YouTube stars to millennial entrepreneurs, this generation is changing the norms of leadership. The most effective of them realize, that leading well, means engaging not just your head, but your heart. Emotional intelligence is the process of becoming self-aware by engaging our challenging and messiest emotions and choosing to face them bravely.
In this session, Dr. Leslie will share ways to be a more conscious and emotionally intelligent leader, and leave listeners with three big ideas on how to face the difficult parts of themselves head on.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to define the emotionally intelligent leader and influencer,
  • how to own vulnerability in a world that doesn’t always accept it, and
  • three big ideas around engaging difficult emotions.

Real Friends Wanted

Friendships: we all want them. From bonding with a new dorm roommate to finding your circle of friends, trying to build genuine connections with people can be one of the more frustrating parts of the college experience. In this session, Dr. Leslie will explore the hard side of creating meaningful friendships on campus, while empowering students to be more authentic, empathic and vulnerable.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • about the dynamics of building friendships on campus,
  • how true connection begins with owning our authentic identities,
  • how to approach friendships with an others-centered perspective vs. self-centered, and
  • how to focus on quality vs. quantity friendships.

College Fear Factor: 3 Small Ways to Overcome Big Fears

At some point in the college experience, we all have doubts and feel afraid. Am I in the right major? How do I know who to trust? Can I really create a movement on campus? Is that internship or job too big for me? In this program, Dr. Leslie examines the fears that many college students face and gives three ways to move through those fears.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to get specific about feelings and fears they’re facing,
  • the ways our bodies manifest fear,
  • the power of asking questions when dealing with fear, and
  • how to differentiate between different types of fear.

“Leslie’s vibrant personality can fill a room. She is engaging, eloquent, and has just enough sass to keep a room of powerful people paying attention.”

– Cherae Robinson, Tastemakers Africa

“Dr. Nwoke’s words were moving and deeply empowering. She speaks from a place of authenticity, compassion, and truth.”

– Annika Erickson-Pearson, Starting Bloc

“I am impressed with Dr. Nwoke’s creativity and drive to “make noise” about issues everyone needs to be concerned about.”

– Alezandra Russell, Urban Light

Leslie’s Bio

Dr. Leslie Nwoke is a physician and executive coach. She is also the founder and CEO of HeartWork Now, the online learning and personal development platform. She believes embracing our emotions is the path to living in our purpose. Dr. Leslie has a diverse background in medicine, global health, and nonprofit leadership. As a physician, she’s cared for patients with psychiatric disorders, providing medical management and therapeutic interventions. She co-founded The Ruby Project, a nonprofit offering mentorship for girls who have experienced trauma, and Making Noise, Inc., an advocacy organization for African sex trafficking survivors. She has provided health education and trauma rehabilitation programming for trafficking survivors in Ethiopia and Italy.

In 2017, she was selected as a StartingBloc Social Innovations Fellow, joining a premier group of innovators and leaders. She was crowned as Miss Nigeria in 2004, and later, given the Woman of Excellence Award by the same organization in 2009. Other than her passion for topics on emotion and social justice, she also loves her husband, children, tiramisu, and every album by Celine Dion.


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